How to Comply

The Ordinance requires buildings to achieve certain efficiency targets or perform audits and retro-commissioning on a 5 year cycle determined by the property's Building ID.

In order to comply, building owners and managers have several options for either demonstrating that the building has reduced energy and water usage, or is on a pathway to efficiency.

Energy Performance

  • Undergo an Energy Audit and Retro-commissioning of Base Building Systems:  
    • Energy Auditing. Energy audits required by this division shall meet or exceed Level II audit standards in conformance with the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits (latest edition at the time the audit is initiated) and shall be performed under the direct supervision of a California licensed engineer or architect.
    •  Energy Retro-Commissioning. Energy retro-commissioning shall be performed in accordance with industry standard practices, including ASHRAE Guideline 0.2 Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies, and under the direct supervision of a California licensed engineer or architect.

Or meet one of the exemptions listed below:

  • Achieve ENERGY STAR Certification for the compliance year, or for two of the three years preceding compliance date
  • Document 15% reduction in energy use intensity over the prior 5 years, using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
    • See LADWP rebate information below
  • Meet one of the additional exemptions defined in Section 91.9706.1.3

Water Performance 

  • Undergo a Water Audit and Retro-commissioning of Base Building Systems;
    • Water audits and retro-commissioning shall be performed in accordance with industry standard practices, including ASHRAE Guideline 0.2 Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies, and under the direct supervision of a California licensed engineer or architect. 

or meet one of the exemptions listed below: 

  • Document 20% reduction in water use intensity over the prior 5 years, using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
    • See LADWP rebate information below
  • Meet one of the additional exemptions defined in Section 91.9706.2.3

LADWP Rebate Information

  • Commercial Direct Install (CDI) Program: Offer free energy (including natural gas) and water efficiency upgrades for qualifying customers
  • Custom Performance Program (CPP) and Commercial Lighting Incentive Program (CLIP): Offer generous incentives relative to other utilities’ programs
  • LADWP offers a number of energy and water rebates and programs for commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental customers: www.ladwp.com/nrrp

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